Charges against police lieutenant dropped

Steve Garrison
Former Bloomfield police Lt. Carroll Scott

FARMINGTON — Prosecutors have dismissed a misdemeanor domestic battery charge against former police Lt. Carroll Scott.

Despite the resolution, Bloomfield police Chief Randy Foster said Monday Scott resigned last week from the department.

Foster said Scott told him he needed time to resolve personal issues.

"We wish him the best moving forward," Foster said.

Scott, 45, was charged with misdemeanor battery on a household member on Jan. 14 on allegations he punched his wife, Cayci Scott, in the chest during an argument at the couple's residence on County Road 1788, according to a probable cause statement.

Officers noted a red, fist-shaped blotch on the woman's chest, but Carroll Scott declined to say whether he hit his wife, according to the statement.

Carroll Scott told deputies his wife grabbed his service weapon during an argument and threatened to kill herself. Cayci Scott denied that claim, according to the statement.

San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien said Monday his office had to dismiss the charges on April 11 due to a lack of evidence.

"Basically, we were unable to locate the victim," he said.

O'Brien said his office issued a subpoena requesting Cayci Scott attend a pretrial conference, but she did not respond. He said Cayci Scott could not be reached by telephone, and she could not be located through a search of the county's public utility records.

"We came up with nothing," he said.

O'Brien said there were other issues with the case, including Carroll Scott's claim that his wife was suicidal.

"Laying hands on someone to protect them from hurting themselves is not necessarily criminal," O'Brien said.

O'Brien said that if Cayci Scott is located, charges may be refiled.

Carroll Scott was placed on administrative leave following his arrest and the Bloomfield Police Department launched an internal affairs investigation into the allegations.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.